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The Fushimi Inari Shrine is one of the most famous and beautiful shrine in Kyoto because Fushimi Inari is the head shrine of the about 30,000 other Inari shrines in Japan. This Shrine are dedicated of Inari, god of rice. Located in Fushimi ward of Kyoto and open 24 hours/7 days and there is no entrance fee.
Thousands of Gates
Here is famous for the thousands of torii gates (Japanese:千本鳥居 Senbon Torii) are brilliant vermilion color through along the way to the mountain. It’s beautiful, colorful and stunning views. Especially in the early morning or late afternoon when the light is spectacular. But very popular and crowds near gates in this shrine, so I recommend you go early in the morning to avoid the crowds and if you want to take great pictures of the thousands of gates.
These gates price is depending on the size and location, if you want to dedicate a gate. It’s from 175,000 yen to 1,302,000 yen.
The vermilion color is special meaning in the Shinto religion which obstruction and expels evil spirits, magical powers and diseases. And also serves as protection against misfortune. For that reason, the gates are painted in vermilion color.
Fox Statues & Shaped Ema
The main gate of the fox holding a key of the granary in its mouth. The fox is seen as the messengers of god of cereals, Inari. You can see many fox statues at the shrine.
A lot of shrines in Japan, you can see a wooden boards called Ema in Japanese. There is variety original design that matches the symbols of the shrine. In Fushimi Inari Shrine, you can see special Ema that looks like fox shaped and small gates.You can buy it at souvenir shop and write your messages or prayers on them. And hanging it up at the shrine, where the gods receive them.
There are special two round stones on the lanterns, it’s called Omokaruishi (light or heavy stone) in Japanese. First, make a wish in front of lanterns, and then lift it up one of the stone with both hands. If you feel the stone is lighter than expected, your wish will come true. But if you feel the stone is heavier than expected, it’s unattainable wish. Please try it when you visit Fushimi Inari Shrine!
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Fushimi Inari Shrine
Address : 68 Fukakusa Yabunouchi-cho, Fushimi Ward, Kyoto
Access : Fushimi Inari station (Keihan Line) or JR Inari station from Kyoto station
Opening Hours : 24-hours
Website : Fushimi Inari Shrine